an·​ger | \ ˈaŋ-gər How to pronounce anger (audio) \

Definition of anger

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a strong feeling of displeasure and usually of antagonism (see antagonism sense 1b) You could hear the anger in his voice. She found it hard to control her anger.


angered; angering\ ˈaŋ-​g(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce angering (audio) \

Definition of anger (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to make (someone) angry He was angered by the decision.

intransitive verb

: to become angry a man who angers easily

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angerless \ ˈaŋ-​gər-​ləs How to pronounce angerless (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for anger

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Verb

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anger, ire, rage, fury, indignation, wrath mean an intense emotional state induced by displeasure. anger, the most general term, names the reaction but by itself does not convey cause or intensity. tried to hide his anger ire, more frequent in literary contexts, suggests an intense anger, often with an evident display of feeling. cheeks flushed with ire rage and fury suggest loss of self-control from violence of emotion. shook with rage could not contain his fury indignation stresses righteous anger at what one considers unfair, mean, or shameful. a comment that caused general indignation wrath is likely to suggest a desire or intent to punish or get revenge. I feared her wrath if I was discovered


anger, rage, and fury mean the feelings brought about by great displeasure. anger can be used of either a strong or a mild feeling. I was able to hide my anger. rage is used of strong violent feeling that is difficult to control. He was screaming with rage. fury is used of overwhelming rage that may cause a person to become violent. In their fury the people smashed windows.

Examples of anger in a Sentence

Noun He couldn't hide his anger with us. You could hear the anger in his voice. The group expressed its anger over the company's arrogance. He said that he had no anger towards the person who shot him. He never raised his voice in anger. She was shaking in anger. Verb They were shocked and angered by the company's arrogance. He was angered to learn that he had been fired. It angered me that she would say something like that. He's a gentle man who's not easily angered.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But on the day of the shooting, his simmering anger erupted, and violence ensued when Berger showed up at the house to pick Jacqueline up for a weekend trip to a Louisiana casino to celebrate his birthday. Kristi Nix, Houston Chronicle, "Penalty trial opens for Katy love-triangle killer," 9 Jan. 2020 Even so, workers who are reliant on business from Chinese tourists have staged protests to express their anger at Tsai’s China policies. Isabella Steger, Quartz, "China tried to threaten Taiwan by weaponizing tourism, but it didn’t work," 7 Jan. 2020 She was also ordered to attend anger management classes, undergo a mental health evaluation, attend parenting classes, submit to random screenings, avoid drugs, serve 100 hours of community service, and find a job or educational program. Abigail Feldman,, "Ayer woman sentenced for fatally stabbing cousin," 6 Jan. 2020 Schizophrenia, Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, and anger management issues all have branches on the Beechey-Grover family tree. Kyle Beechey, Bon Appétit, "Before I Could Get Over My Anxiety, I Had to Admit It Was Real," 3 Jan. 2020 By New Year’s Eve, protesters focused their anger on the U.S. embassy in Baghdad, setting up a Lollapalooza of sorts for anti-American militias with Iranian backing. Adam Weinstein, The New Republic, "The Pinnacle of Trump’s Foreign Policy Stupidity," 3 Jan. 2020 Gordon completed an anger management class and that case was closed, according to Seminole County, Fla. court documents. Jennifer Brett, ajc, "Nick Gordon, once the late Bobbi Kristina Brown’s boyfriend, has died," 2 Jan. 2020 The difference: counseling sessions and classes to address anger management, substance abuse, trauma and other issues. Joaquin Palomino,, "Amid historic shifts in juvenile justice, some counties lock up kids for treatment," 29 Dec. 2019 The majority of the killings involved people who knew each other — family disputes, drug or gang violence or people with beefs that directed their anger at co-workers or relatives. Lisa Marie Pane, Anchorage Daily News, "US mass killings hit new high in 2019, most were shootings," 29 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb There was no foul call on Brandon Goodwin which seemed to anger him. J. Michael, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana Pacers drop 5th road game in a row in loss to conference-worst Atlanta Hawks," 5 Jan. 2020 The episode angered thousands and put journalists and open government advocates on high alert ever since. Molly Beck, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee TV station sues Tony Evers for refusing to release his emails," 19 Dec. 2019 This practice endlessly angers the victims of the property crimes, and concerns cops, too. Lauren Smiley, The Atlantic, "The Porch Pirate of Potrero Hill Can’t Believe It Came to This," 1 Nov. 2019 The ill-fated Tsar quickly angered crucial allies, including the Russian Orthodox church and the country's military class. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "The True Story Behind HBO's Catherine the Great, and How the Empress Came to Power," 22 Oct. 2019 To put it bluntly, Redis Labs angered the community. Scott Gilbertson, Ars Technica, "In 2019, multiple open source companies changed course—is it the right move?," 16 Oct. 2019 Andrew Luck’s teammates agree that the release of his retirement news did not go as planned, which angered them. Albert Breer,, "How Colts Teammates Felt About Andrew Luck’s Retirement News Leaking, More Notes," 26 Aug. 2019 But his December appointment of Whitley, a former travel aide and top assistant, soon angered many Texas Hispanics after Whitley oversaw a botched investigation that questioned the citizenship of nearly 100,000 Texas voters. Robert T. Garrett, Dallas News, "Texas Gov. Greg Abbott taps Hispanic former aide as secretary of state after noncitizen voter flap," 19 Aug. 2019 The music producer who had been the previous resident at the address rejected the wanna-be rock star after an audition and had greatly angered him. Laura Demarco,, "Quentin Tarantino’s brilliant, audacious “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” brings 1969 to vivid life (review)," 24 July 2019

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First Known Use of anger


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for anger

Noun and Verb

Middle English, affliction, anger, from Old Norse angr grief; akin to Old English enge narrow, Latin angere to strangle, Greek anchein

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The first known use of anger was in the 13th century

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12 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Anger.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 24 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of anger

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a strong feeling of being upset or annoyed because of something wrong or bad : the feeling that makes someone want to hurt other people, to shout, etc. : the feeling of being angry



English Language Learners Definition of anger (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make (someone) angry


an·​ger | \ ˈaŋ-gər How to pronounce anger (audio) \
angered; angering

Kids Definition of anger

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to make strongly displeased : make angry



Kids Definition of anger (Entry 2 of 2)

: a strong feeling of displeasure or annoyance and often of active opposition to an insult, injury, or injustice

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